What Happened Last Week?
Week 13 will see the Green Bay Packers taking on the New York Giants. Green Bay (8-3) is coming off an embarrassing defeat, losing 37-8 in San Francisco. They finished with an abysmal 198 total yards of total offense. Aaron Rodgers was sacked five times, and Aaron Jones was held to 2.9 yards per rush. Although the defense was able to get three sacks, they weren’t able to do much else. They allowed 339 yards of total offense and had two touchdowns of 40+ yards.
Although the Packers led in time of possession (35:16-24:44) and had fewer penalties (5/50-9/78), their offense couldn’t get any momentum. Look for the offense to have more success against the Giants, who’s defense is ranked 29th in points allowed per game, and 26th in passing yards allowed per game.
The New York Giants (2-9) are coming off a 19-14 loss in Chicago. The Giants are on an eight-game losing streak and have been out-scored 211-130 during that stretch. Versus Chicago, they finished with 243 yards of total offense and went 1-12 on third down. The defense was able to get two sacks and two turnovers against Mitch Trubisky. Since his return from injury, Saquon Barkley is averaging 2.8 yards per carry, so look for them to try and get the run game going versus the Packers.
Three Keys To Victory For The Packers
Stopping Saquon Barkley
Saquon has established himself as one of the best running backs in the NFL. Although he hasn’t been as explosive since his return, he is still a dynamic back who can break off a huge play at any time. With injuries to the Giant’s receivers and tight ends, stopping him should be the key to shutting down the Giants offense as a whole.
Aaron Rodgers Needs To Take Over
Aaron Rodgers will have a big chip on his shoulder after having one of his worst career games last week. Now that the Packers are tied for the division lead, he’ll want to come and take care of business. He needs to get out quick and take control of the game from the opening snap.
Get Some Turnovers
The thing that made the Packers defense so great at the beginning of the year was their ability to get turnovers. They had forced eight turnovers in their first three games, but only eight in the eight games since. Daniel Jones has thrown eight interceptions and fumbled 14 times, so there should be opportunities to get the ball back for the offense.
Green Bay has a half-game lead over the Minnesota Vikings for the division and can’t afford to lose games anymore if they want a chance at a home game in the playoffs. This is a game that the Packers should, and will, win. Aaron Rodgers should come out and have one of his best games of the season, beating the Giants 31-16.
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